The Charles Pankow Foundation (CPF) was established to provide the public with buildings of improved quality, efficiency, and value by advancing innovation in building design and construction. Established in 2002 by Charles J. Pankow, CPF acts in the spirit of innovation that Mr. Pankow left behind. It was Charles Pankow’s lifelong passion to lead and inspire new and better ways to build. He intended that the Foundation be a catalyst in bringing market-driven innovations to the building industry.

CPF funds the research, development, and dissemination of new products and solutions that assist the U.S. building construction industry in becoming more efficient and cost competitive. It currently focuses its research grant making in two goal areas: Structural Systems and Project Team Performance Tools.

CPF made its initial research grant awards in 2006. Grantees are typically universities and research institutions that are closely affiliated with professional practitioners of building design and construction. Through the end of 2012, CPF had awarded research grants totaling $7.3 million.

A description of the grant-making process and selection, as well as the final research products of all completed grants, may be found at the CPF Web site, .

CPF is guided by a board of three directors, which oversees an executive director and a project director. A ten member advisory council, comprised of industry leaders in academia, architecture, construction, and structural engineering, offers advice to the board. CPF is incorporated as a nonprofit, public benefit, charitable foundation with 501(c)(3) status and operates independently of the Pankow Companies.